Hu Vase with lid
Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD)
H. 33 cm or 13 in
This elegant hu 壺 vase has a classic shape and a deep grey colour. Fitted with a lid, it has decorative circular handles on either side of its body, each of which is moulded and topped by a beautiful taotie mask. The taotie 饕餮 is a very common ornamental motif in the archaic Chinese ornamental repertoire presenting the features of a fantastic animal mask. During the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) hu vessels in both bronze and terracotta were emblematic of the production of the time, they were used to preserve fermented drinks and other liquids.
This vase is in a very good condition with only a few concretions of sand and small nicks.